For more than twenty-five years, X.J. Kennedy's An Introduction to Poetry has been alerting students to be joyful and liberating experience of reading poems. The book's fresh, commonsense approach helps demystify poetry fro those with limited For more than twenty-five years, X.J. Kennedy's An Introduction to Poetry has been alerting students to be joyful and liberating experience of reading poems. The book's fresh, commonsense approach helps demystify poetry fro those with limited exposure to it. For those who already enjoy poetry, here is a feast.
A veteran college teacher, critic, and honored poet, Kennedy writes of his subject with humor, style, and verve. He makes clear the several elements of poetry: imagery, metaphor, irony, rime, meter, form, symbol, and myth. Joining Kennedy in this eighth edition is co-author Dana Gioia. Actively engaged in the classroom, Gioia, a poet and a critic, lends a fresh eye to this classic anthology. Together the authors provide a firm foundation for reading poems, as they bring the best comtemporary works and the most engaging classic poems to students.
Ever present are the book's popular writing supplements - now expanded to reflect recent advances in literary theory. These supplements help students write about literature in gneeral and poems in particular.
As always, An Introduction to Poetry has been freshly revised with the help of scores of instructors. New to this edition are an entire chapter on "Poetry and Personal Identity" that explores ways in which poets have defined themselves in personal, social, sexual, and ethnic terms (see Chapter 14), and the third supplement "Critical Approaches to Literature." This supplement reflects recent developments in criticism and literary theory and explains nine critical approaches and their applications. Also, 25 percent of the selectiosn are new to this edition. Students are exposed to more works by women and/or minority writers than ever before. There are also more modern works than in the previous editions.
From the ballad poets of the Middle Ages to the rap poets of today, Kennedy and Gioia show poetry in all its richness and range. Through their own love for the subject, they encourage students to discover poems that can speak to them personally and for life. ...Continua Nascondi